Archive for November 2011

LAUSD TEACHERS: VOTE NO ON TENTATIVE LAUSD/UTLA AGREEMENT...IF YOU CAN

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) LAUSD and UTLA have announced that they have reached a tentative agreement UTLA President Warren Fletcher is either suffering from early onset Alzheimer's or he has totally capitulated to LAUSD leadership either out of being in over his head as UTLA president, stupidity, or concern about maintaining his recent personal good fortune of having his annual salary and benefits phenomenally augmented over his measly teachers salary and a manner not too dissimilar to LAUSD administration that also have forgotten that they started their careers in education as teachers and then got as far away from the purposefully cultivated insanity of the average LAUSD classroom.

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THE LAUSD BOARD GAME: KIND OF LIKE MONOPOLY...ONLY DIFFERENT (EL LAUSD tablero de juego: algo así como MONOPOLY ... sólo diferente)

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) New for the holiday season for those of you who are looking for the gift that keeps on taking. It is called the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Board Game, it has very little to do with education and everything to do with making obscene amounts of money at whatever the cost. For those of you who have played Monopoly in the past, the transition to the LAUSD Board Game should be rather straight forward. Like Monopoly, it's all about money, but adds the crucial function of reinforcing negative racial and ethnic student stereotypes, while bring to the game world the leading edge media favorite of applying these negative stereotypes to teachers and anyone else who gets in the way of the ultimate goal of the game: The privatization of public education and the dumbing down of as much of the 99% as possible

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11 2011

CROCODILE TEARS FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA (Lágrimas de cocodrilo DEL PRESIDENTE DE LA UNIVERSIDAD DE CALIFORNIA)

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) University of California President Yudoff's response to violence at U.C. Davis is too little too late. Recent violence on university campuses in the U.S. and abroad are mere symptoms of a far greater crisis in this country and elsewhere. It is no longer acceptable for the leaders of the UC system to just follow orders and make cuts in education based on shrinking budgets that are a living symbol of the inequities that break the longstanding State of California and UC promise that all students in California who worked hard in school would get an affordable post K-12 public education that in the past has redounded to the economic and social benefit of this state.

LAUSD's CRADLE TO PRISON PIPELINE by George Buzzetti (CUNA LAUSD a la tubería PRISIÓN)

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) This is the "Cradle to Prison Pipeline" I have been working on. The alignment of what happens to certain segments of youth in the K-12 system perfectly lines up with the prison population. This is a mathematical proof. This alignment is too close for it to be an accident. I have sent my information to several researchers around the country and they seem to see this also. I am seeing the results of this lack of providing an education to students as they then end up in the justice system. Another outrageous enterprise for investors. This is our criminal world today and I do not mean those youth I mean the adults who do this to them. Nothing like this can be an accident. I have been putting this information into the public sector for over 20 years and Richard Arthur for over 50 years. As Richard once said "Why not put them in jail when they are born. I would save a lot since that is what is going to happen anyway."

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11 2011

THE 2012 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION JUST ANOTHER CASULTY OF PURPOSEFULLY FAILED PUBLIC EDUCATION? (LA ELECCIÓN PRESIDENCIAL DE 2012 SOLO OTRA DE CASULTY propósito FALLÓ LA EDUCACIÓN PÚBLICA?)

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) Last night I went to the Hammer Museum for one in a series of excellent programs moderated by KPFK 90.7 FM's Ian Masters entitled Political Persuasion: The 2012 Elections. As we start the countdown to next year's presidential election, I was surprised by the unanimity between the veteran but opposing campaign strategists. Both Bill Zimmerman, who has worked on many political campaigns for candidates or ballot initiatives and Dan Schnur, the now director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at USC, who worked on virtually all Republican presidential campaigns since Ron Reagan, agreed that it would be least educated that would hold the balance of power in deciding whether Barack Obama would get a second term or whether a Republican would replace him.

LAUSD's DEEPEST FEAR

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) As one clueless superintendent after another is anointed by the forces of public education privatization and the mass media to implement revolutionary public education reform that never seems to come about in our public schools, nobody in a position of power questions or seems willing to hold accountable a non-system of public education where predominantly Black and Latino students have the continued and generational misfortune of being sold out with a one-way ticket to the underclass..

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11 2011

THE SUCCESS OF FOX NEWS IS A LIVING TESTAMENT TO FAILED LAUSD PUBLIC EDUCATION (EL ÉXITO DE FOX NEWS es un testimonio vivo de LAUSD FALLÓ LA EDUCACIÓN PÚBLICA)

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) While it requires only a rudimentary education to spot the daily blatant distortions that Fox News KTTV 11 puts out in lieu of any real, truthful, and unbias reporting, the fact that Fox News successfully continues to get away with this travesty passed off as the "news" is a powerful testament as to just how far the average America has gone down from being educated in a manner that LAUSD students and their parents of the 1950s and 1960s took for granted. As I described in the prior post about Fox 11 KTTV News concerning morally challenged "Reporter" Daniel Leighton, what Fox does is pander to the deep seeded ignorance and prejudices of its listening audience, while requiring no critical analysis of itself or of its audience that seems incapable, because of its own LAUSD "education," replete with not even basic skills of critical analysis, to make them aware of the rational contradictions of virtually everything Fox 11 KTTV says. It is not out of the realm of the possible to imagine a Fox ad campaign with the slogan, "Fox News, well thought and objective analysis never gets in the way.

FOX NEWS COMES TO THE AID OF LAUSD "RUBBER ROOM" TEACHERS? (FOX NEWS viene en ayuda de LAUSD "RUBBER ROOM" MAESTROS?)

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) On November 2, 2011 I get the following email from Daniel Leighton of Fox News Channel 11, "Give me call re story on lausd rubber rooms 3108773392 thanks." Now since Mrs. Isenberg didn't have any dummies for children, I wonder what Fox would want from me, since calling me a progressive would be a major understatement. After several emails back and forth, Mr. Leighton says to me, "Listen, we are just a Fox affiliate, I determine what gets on the air." What Mr. Leighton says he is interested in doing is uncovering the phenomenal waste incurred by LAUSD that locks hundreds of teachers in LAUSD Local District Offices, other sites, or in their homes for years on end, while it continues to pay them.

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